Ryan Christie appeared to commit himself to the Celtic cause for next season as he outlined his goal for the club to come back stronger.
Celtic surrendered the Scottish Premiership title in abysmal fashion against Dundee United yesterday. The draw at Tannadice means that Rangers are now officially champions. It came after a barrage of pressure from the Hoops that failed to reap a single reward.
And even though there are six league games remaining plus the Scottish Cup still to come, much of the focus is now on the rebuild. Winning the title back from Rangers next season is all that matters from a Hoops perspective.
And it seems that Christie has more or less committed himself to that cause too as he claimed Rangers’ gap over us isn’t a fair reflection.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Christie said: “Every player, not just me, at the club is hurting and wants to put things right. Everybody has that champion’s mentality. That’s how we got to the position we have over the last four or five years.
“Everyone is desperate to have that feeling back again, so everyone has that hunger again. We want to put things right. John Kennedy touched on that and is trying to get that mindset back. That’s what champions do.
“It’s obviously not how we wanted the season to go. We started the season looking to defend our title and we’re all gutted. But we can only look forward now. It’s just a blip and we want to come back even stronger and go again. When you face a blip, you face a blip. You bounce back from it and try to get back on top again.
“I probably wouldn’t say it’s a fair reflection, although, I’m a bit biased. It probably just comes to the amount of games where we have dominated and maybe not scored. And then we concede cheap goals at the other end and it comes down to fine margins.”
Ryan Christie has a place at Celtic, but new contract must be signed
Christie has been highly criticised this season by many in the Celtic support. This mainly comes from the idea that he’s too greedy at times, with supporters seeing far less quality in the player’s end product.
However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for him at Parkhead next season. If Christie is ready to commit himself to the cause, it would be interesting to see what a new manager could bring out in him.
But that can only come to pass if the player signs a new contract. Even if he wants to stay, we cannot allow a player of his talent to trickle into the final few months of his contract. That leads to us potentially losing him for nothing.
Celtic have already seen certain player valuations lowered due to decisions made last summer. Goodness knows what Celtic would’ve gotten for Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer last year. There’s been enough damage done to player valuations as it is.
If Christie wants to be here next season, tying him down on a longer-term contract is essential. It allows all parties to focus on the player’s development. It will ensure that Celtic, when the time is right, get maximum value for one of their top assets.
The Scotland international has had a bad season this year. But let’s not pretend there isn’t a place for him here if he chooses to stay.